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By [email protected] - 7th January 2016 - 11:07

HR Wallingford scientist receives US government award for heroism

HR Wallingford’s Professor Andrew Manning (left) has been awarded the Exemplary Act Award by the United States Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey (USGS) in recognition of a heroic act, which resulted in lives being saved. Andy was returning by boat in rough water from a survey in the southernmost part of San Francisco Bay, when he and three USGS colleagues saw a sailboat entangled in one of the Port of Redwood City channel markers. When a nearby vessel signalled and requested assistance, the survey team stepped in and transported five injured people to shore. For his decisive and immediate action, Andy was granted the Exemplary Act Award. Andy explains: “Fieldwork in any marine environment can be a hazardous pursuit and you always have to be prepared for any eventuality. We were all just pleased that we could be of assistance during this emergency situation.”